Chicago Style / San Francisco

Caitlin Laman

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achievements: Fastest female bartender in America 2015, Food & Wine's class of Best New Mixologists 2014
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A Portland native, Caitlin Laman first found herself behind a bar after moving to Boston to play rugby and study business at Babson College. That inaugural bartending gig — at the Foggy Goggle, a Boylston Street dive for Red Sox-fanatics — taught her the finer points of respecting (and protecting) a bar during extremely high volume service, not to mention how to speak with a thick Boston accent. After graduating with a BS in Business Administration, Caitlin made her way to New York to play for the New York Rugby Club, all the while moonlighting as a bartender and fine-tuning her knowledge of spirits and the art of elevated bar service.

In 2009, she moved to San Francisco where she helmed the much-lauded Mission District bar Trick Dog. There, she led the bar to an incredible list of accolades including Tales of the Cocktail’s Best Bar Team (2014) and Bar Fight Champion (2014), a James Beard finalist nomination for Outstanding Bar Program (2015) and two consecutive years on Drinks International “World’s 50 Best Bars” list (No.33 in 2014, No.40 in 2015). It was at this time she was named Food & Wine’s Best New Mixologist (2014) and National Speed Rack Champion (2014). She has also consulted for notable programs such as Mexico City’s Licoreria Limantour (Drinks International “World’s 50 Best Bars” list #14, 2017) where she helped launch a new menu.

In her current role, Caitlin serves as Beverage Director for the Ace Hotel in Chicago where she oversees beverage programs for City Mouse, Waydown and the hotel’s F&B. She is also the co-founder of Chicago Style.

Current Position(s)
Co-Founder @ Chicago Style
Chicago  |  1/2018 - Present